Casino and restaurant plan for pit union’s old HQ

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SHEFFIELD’S disused National Union of Mineworkers headquarters could be transformed into a casino complex with restaurants and a rooftop bar.

The plans, which could create 130 jobs, have been put forward by Barnsley-based Brook Leisure, which has taken on the lease of the landmark building in Barker’s Pool, facing Sheffield City Hall.

Brook Group chief executive Jason Brook said: “The NUM building is one of Sheffield’s most prominent buildings, but has been left behind throughout the city’s recent regeneration activity and it’s hard to believe the UK’s fourth largest city does not have a city centre casino.

“We are incredibly excited at the prospect of bringing the building back to life as a unique and new entertainment destination. We have committed to a lease on the building and are hopeful Sheffield Council will continue to support us in our efforts to see this building finally brought into use.”

He added: “The next stage will be to obtain planning consent and commence the necessary refurbishment works.”

The NUM offices were built in the 1980s when union president Arthur Scargill moved the headquarters from London. At one time, there were plans to clear the site to make way for offices.